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What are some traits that will be good for the job?

As an engineering student, I've found that having programming skills in MATLAB or Python are very helpful. Biomedical engineering is also very broad so it depends on what track you want to pursue. If you are interested in the prosthetic/medical devices track, a solid understanding of mechanics (physics) is very important. If you are interested in drug delivery, being familiar with chemistry, anatomy are all very important. Danielly R.

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Chet’s Answer

Hi Daniel, I've hired and managed engineers and engineering technicians for twenty years. Here is my list:
1) Positive outlook and energy
2) Technical excellence (know the theory, expand skills)
3) Good team mates (flexible, supportive)
4) Organized and disciplined
5) Able to shift their point of view (empathy and stakeholder management)
6) Open to coaching

The most successful people I know would be good in any field as it is their approach, not their specific interest which creates success.
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Amanda, Becky, Magnus, & Owen’s Answer

Hi Kostas,

One trait that’s valuable across professions is being a creative problem solver. No matter what job you have, new issues that you weren’t explicitly trained on will arise, and you’ll have to be quick, adapt, and think of different ways to tackle it and get to a solution.

If you don’t consider this an innate ability of yours, don’t worry, it’s something you can learn. As you take on tasks, practice thinking 2 steps ahead to anticipate what might go wrong or any roadblocks that you might encounter. Also, put yourself in the shoes of another team member or audience member to see the project or problem from a new angle. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes. After all, having to fix something that didn’t work out is a great way to learn and make better decisions next time.

That being said, be self-reliant when approaching problems. While you shouldn’t put a task off on someone else, don't be afraid to ask your manager and coworkers questions to help you move forward — just remember to ask yourself if your question is something that can be solved with a quick Google search.

Aside from traits like creative problem-solving and the ones that other responses have mentioned (which are all valuable), don’t gloss over the most basic human traits like being respectful — from respecting people’s time (not being late to meetings) to respecting people’s identities (accepting and celebrating differences). These traits may seem obvious, but they’re worth mentioning because they can really make a big difference when working on a team.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Kostas:

It's awesome that you are thinking about what traits you'll want to have for the job. I agree with the previous comments, particularly Melisa's because I too work for AT&T and those are our core values.

Biomedical Engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. Here are a few "qualities" for your consideration for a biomedical engineer:

• ANALYTICAL SKILLS - Biomedical engineers must analyze the needs of patients and customers to design appropriate solutions.
• COMMUNICATION SKILLS - Because biomedical engineers sometimes work with patients and frequently work on teams, they must express themselves clearly. They must seek others’ ideas and incorporate those ideas into the problem-solving process.
• CREATIVITY - Biomedical engineers must be creative to come up with innovative and integrative advances in healthcare equipment and devices.
• MATH SKILLS - Biomedical engineers use the principles of calculus and other advanced topics in math and statistics, for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
• PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS - Biomedical engineers typically deal with and solve problems in complex biological systems.

Best of luck to you on your educational journey.

~ Sheila

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Jennifer’s Answer

The pace of the technology industry is amazingly fast. I recruit for software engineers, but I think some of the same skills apply across engineering. In addition to the required technical capabilities.
- Continuous learners
- ability to work in a team environment/collaboration skills
- Customer focus; empathy
- self starters
- Adaptable and look for the opportunity in every role or assignment
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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Kostas,

What a thoughtful question. While I am not in bio-medical or engineering, but I find that there are some skills anyone can benefit from having, no matter what their role. I work for AT&T and our core values serve as a guide for the work we do, no matter what our role is.

These values serve as a reminder to me that my job centers around helping to serve others and helping improve our world.

For me, having the mindset I want to be a great team player and collaborate with others to accomplish a much greater goal helps me prepare for any role or job assignment I have.

Our Core Values are:
Live true.
Think big.
Pursue excellence.
Inspire imagination.
Be there.
Stand for equality.
Embrace freedom.
Make a difference.

As you grow in your career, find your own core values that are important and helpful to in the career field of interest to you.

Having a good solid base for traits and behaviors we have which leaders and employers will find valuable can be a great place to start.

Best wishes for success in your educational and career goals.

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Here’s an article with helpful information on becoming a biomedical engineer.
Check out this LinkedIn article regarding important job skills for 2020
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Ravindra’s Answer

Hi Kostas!

My name is Ravi and I work as a Solution Architect here at Splunk. I don't directly manage a team but am involved in lots of interviews and here are the things that I look out for in any candidate:
1> Positive Attitude: You can always teach someone specific skills, be it any coding language, new technology, new role however it's very difficult to build positive attitude.
2> Communication Skills: You need to be able to put across your thought, ideas, suggestions in a way that the other person can understand.
3> Situational Adaptability: In your job (and life in general) you are always going to face difficult situations that you might have have faced before or have any experience in dealing with those. How you respond to those situations is critical element that I look for in a candidate
4> Team Player: Working in any company is like playing a team sport. You need to motivate your team members, build good working relationship, understand them and help them improve, learn and improve yourself.
5> Approachable: People should be comfortable to ask you for help or come to you with any question.

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Pooja’s Answer

Hi Kostas, I am not a bio medical student but here are some soft skills i think are applicable for any job -
1) Communication to me is always the key to be able to succeed in your role. Having an open communication channel with team and supervisor will benefit you immensely to grow in your role.
2) Be an active listener in the team discussions and don’t be afraid to ask questions (there is no stupid question, particularly in the first few months as people know that you're new). This will help you get a better understanding and show the team that you are interested to learn about your work.
3) Demonstrate real passion for the job, energy and commitment to get things done, a want to learn (continuous improvement mindset) – there always is something we can learn from the other person or our jobs.

Here is to wishing you all the best with your journey!! You are asking the right questions to prepare yourself.
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Chitra’s Answer

As a beginner in any industry, here are some recommended guard rails which will help you setup for success

Collaboration - Be open for ideas. Things get done easily with amicable collaboration with cross functional teams, than working as a silo
Proactive - Be proactive in picking up your next challenge. Learn to unblock yourself and be a self-starter
Accountability - Be cognizant of deliverables & commitments, hold yourself accountable to your timeline
Stay aware of industry happenings - Develop a habit of reading industry news /journals and stay updated with the trends, technologies & strategy changes in the industry
Organization - Building a repeatable structured process, where constantly document your work responsibilities, accomplishments, challenges encountered, learnings
Take risks - Be confident in taking calculated risks and learn to portray outcome of learning and not the success/failure of the task
Be coachable - Be receptive to feedback and come up with a plan to incorporate the applicable feedback